James I. Hays

     James I. Hays, 68 of Normal, IL, passed away at 4:48 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal IL.

A family graveside service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Camilla Hempstead will officiate. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal, IL. Cremations services are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

James was born March 13, 1946 in Normal, IL the son of Delmar Leo and Mary F. Shelton Hays.
Surviving are two brothers, John Lettner, Normal, IL; and Bill (Sue) Hays, Bloomington, IL; one niece, Kim (Troy) Kletz, Heyworth, IL; niece in-law, Cyndi Hays, Bloomington, IL. Also surviving are several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one nephew, Bill Hays, one great nephew, A.J. Hays.

He will be missed by all who knew him.


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Nola M. Clarenson

Nola M. Clarenson, 76 of Bloomington, passed away on Thursday (November 27, 2014) at 7:27pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday (December 2, 2014) at 10am at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington with Pastor Kevin Summers officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 9-10am on Tuesday at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Nola was born on January 18, 1938 in Coffeyville, Kansas the daughter of Everett Ward and Helen Ward Chastain.

She married Alfred “Jake” Clarenson on June 2, 1956 in Coffeyville, Kansas. He passed away on September 18, 2006.

Nola is survived by her children; Jill (David) Christiansen of Bloomington, Shelley (Ed) Shubert of Bloomington, Andy Clarenson of Utah, Chris (Tanya) Clarenson of Mackinaw and Matt (Maureen) Clarenson of Chatham. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and her sister and brothers; Bernice (Gerald) Crow of Thornton, CO, Robert (Lisa) Ward of Cherryvale, KS and David (Mary Jo) Ward of Coffeyville, KS.

She was preceded in death by; both parents and 1 granddaughter; Alyssa Clark.

Nola enjoyed sewing, quilting, cross stitching, crocheting, reading and watching old movies. Family was very important to her and will be greatly missed.

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Jessie Mae Watson

Jessie Mae Watson, 89 currently of Normal, formerly of Bloomington, IL passed away at 12:40am at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home, Chenoa, IL, on November 27, 2014.

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 30, 2014, from 2—4pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Services will be on Monday, December 1, 2014 at the memorial home at 2pm, with T.J. Neeley officiating. Entombment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery mausoleum, Bloomington, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donors’ choice.

She was born on November 19, 1925, the daughter of Lawrence David and Bertha Nelle Myers Pope in Plains, KS. She married Donald Watson on April 23, 1948 in Bentonville, ARK; he preceded her in death on November 25, 1991.

Surviving are her children, Donitta (Mervill) Hall, Bloomington, IL; Jim (Lois) Watson, ElPaso, IL; Karen (Ron) Long, Normal, IL; Larry (Mary) Watson, Bloomington, IL; Billie Jo (Bob) Neeley, St. Elmo, IL; David Watson, Bloomington, IL; Linda (Steve) Schiller, Bartlett, IL; and Michael Watson, Farmer City, IL. Also surviving are her siblings, Ruth O’Brien, Newton, IA; Dale Pope, Ohio; Tom (Betty) Pope, Lewis, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jessie has 23 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Wilma Weinzierl, three sisters, and one brother.

She was a member of the Bloomington/Normal VFW and Fraternal Order of Eagles auxiliary.

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Hazle May Johnson Dyer

      Hazle May Johnson Dyer, age 96, of Normal, IL passed away November 27, 2014 surrounded by her large and loving family.
She was born in Paris, Tennessee on August 25, 1918 to Winfield Scott and Lillie May Key Johnson. She was predeceased in death by her parents, husband Luther Lawrence Dyer, infant son Lawrence Glynn, three brothers Lemuel, Lindel, and A.W. Johnson, one sister, Zazzle Washam.
She is survived by two children Carolyn Erwin (Darrel Felty), Lowell (Joey) Dyer, six grandchildren, LuWanna George (John), Toni (Mike) Tucker, Yvonne (Dave) Blyth, Daniel Franklin (Lee Ann) Palmer, Lonny (Teresa) Dyer, Lori McClure. Eleven great-grandchildren, Lawrence Glen (Carissa), Melissa (Josh) Marx, Kristin Palmer (Robbie) Hill, Ian Blyth, Emma Blyth, Alyssa George, Troy George, Rebecca Wilhelm, Mitchell Wilhelm, Lucas Dyer, Lily Dyer and three great-great- grandchildren, Jake Tucker, Natylie Marx and Hailee Weeks.
She was an inspiration to her family and loved being surrounded by them. She loved to garden and spend time outdoors. She will be dearly missed. A private family service was held on November 28, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home. A private family internment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

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Phillip D. Thompson

Phillip D. Thompson, 54 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 12:30p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at his residence.

SERVICES: He was cremated a private family service will be held at a later date.

INTERMENT: Private inurnment will be at a later date.

VISITATION: There will be no visitation.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to his children’s education fund and may be mailed to Nick and Nate Thompson 3010 E. Oakland Ave Bloomington IL. 61704

Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Surviving are two children, Nick and Nate Thompson, Bloomington, IL; two sisters, Carla Enger, and Margret.

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Virginia LeNeve

There will be a private family service for Virginia LeNeve, 90, of Bloomington, Illinois who passed away on Saturday (November 15, 2014) at Heritage Health Care, Normal, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Peoria.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia is survived by her children; Robert LeNeve of Bloomington, Rene (Marilyn) LeNeve of Bloomington and Richard (Cheryl) LeNeve of Peoria along with 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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Suzanne Elfgen Mrkacek

Suzanne Elfgen Mrkacek, 79, of Bloomington formerly of Alton IL, passed away unexpectedly Saturday 11/1/14.

Her visitation will be from 10:00-12:00 Noon Thursday (November 6, 2014) followed by a funeral service at 12 Noon at Trinity Lutheran Church located on 801 S. Madison Street in Bloomington, IL 61701. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Suzanne was born on May 14, 1935 in Alton, IL, the daughter of Eugene and Dorthy Elfgen. She married Rick Mrkacek on June 24, 1982, he survives.

Surviving are her children, Rick (Bernadette) Lauschke, David (Laura) Lauschke, Cathy (Perry) Albin, Jim (Kelli) Lauschke, Paul (Linda) Lauschke, Betsy (John) Prosperi; ten grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah, and Ben Lauschke, Jack, Katie, and Ellie Prosperi, David, Caroline and Natalie Lauschke, and Lisa Lauschke

Also surviving is her sister DoJe (Ron) Mottaz.

Suzanne graduated from Alton High School and the University of Illinois.

While raising her family she was involved in many Alton community activities including two terms on the Alton School Board.

After raising her family she began a career in aviation as a flight instructor teaching student pilots and then as a corporate pilot flying internationally for a local corporation. Suzanne and her husband started Premier Air Center in 1986 and later sold the company now know as West Star Aviation.

She was known as mom, Grandma Susie and a friend to all. She loved all animals including Augie, Max and Cooper.

Suzanne was an avid gardener and nurtured many friendships through her gardening. She loved reading her Bible in the morning and going to Bible studies.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to: Share the Love in care of sondra.wisdom@yahoo.com or Nancy Wadhams Servants Gift, Sponsorship 309-310-3092

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Pamela Sue Kitchens

Pamela Sue Kitchens, 67 of Normal, IL died at 5:25 PM on Monday October 27, 2014 at Heartland Health Care Center in Normal.

There will be a Celebration of life for Pamela on Sunday November 9, 2014 from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM at the G.E. Clubhouse, 1750 G.E. Road in Bloomington, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Pamela was born on January 6, 1947 in Bloomington to Russell and Emily Day Clem. She married Lindell Kitchens on August 17, 1973 in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2013. She is also preceded in death by her mother, one brother Mike Clem and one sister Cheryl Clem.

She is survived by her father, Russell Clem of Grapevine, Texas,
six children, Lori (Monty) Young of Girard, IL, Tammy (Tracy) Ford of Danvers, Jeff Henson of Bloomington, April Henson of Peoria, Robert (Lori) Henson of Normal, Angel Henson of Bloomington, fourteen grandchildren, Wayne, Tyler, Derek, Brittney, James, Kristina, Jeffery Jr., Brooke, Miguel, Drew, Robbie, Kole, Kaley, and Taylor and eleven great-grandchildren as well as two sisters and three brothers.

Pamela loved to play Bingo. She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. Her favorite thing was spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

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Terry Lee Clark

Terry Lee Clark, 58, of Normal, died at 10:50 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 23, 2014) at his residence.

There will be a funeral for Terry at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Chaplain Tim Mitchell will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

Terry was born Nov. 2, 1955, in Bloomington, to Robert and Esther Marie Day Clark. They preceded him in death, as well as one brother, Brian Clark.

He is survived by his two sons, Aaron Clark, Leroy, and Dan Clark, Farmersville, Texas, and two grandchildren.

He worked for 35 years as a computer operator for Country Financial before retiring in 2010. He was a member of First Christian Church in Bloomington. Terry enjoyed golf, baseball and football. He loved to cheer on the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Evelyn J. Hilliard

Evelyn J. Hilliard, 84, formerly of Mequon WI, currently of Bloomington, IL died at her daughter’s home in Normal, IL on October 16th 2014 at 6:07pm.

Visitation will be from 4–6pm on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home, 10270 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI, with a service following at 6pm at the funeral home. Rev. Kim Burke will officiate. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Cremation services were provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

She was born on May 27, 1930, the daughter of Vincent and Elisa Camillo Porchetta. Evelyn married Bill Hilliard on July 2, 1966 in Milwaukee, WI; he preceded her in death on May 30, 1988.
She was the beloved mother of Laura (Rob) Lamont, Normal, IL; dear granny of Megan and Jake Lamont, Normal, IL. Also surviving are her siblings Angelo (Gloria) Porchetta, Milwaukee, WI; and Mary Orlando, Milwaukee, WI. Many nieces and nephews and dear friends in Milwaukee, WI and Bloomington, IL also survive.

Evelyn was preceded in death by both of her parents, and her siblings, Jo Ertl, Toni Giaimo, and Gregory Porchetta.

Evelyn enjoyed playing Mahjong, canasta, Scrabble and spending time at the Normal Senior center. Her obituary may also be view at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.

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